Q&A: My Baby Has Low Iron, Now What?

If my nine-month-old has low iron, do I need to force more solids?
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ByJack Newman, MD, FRCPC
Pediatrician
Updated
Mar 2017
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Forcing a baby to eat is not a good idea. Just make sure that he eats solids that give him iron. Cereal is not that good a solid for many reasons, one of which is that most of the iron is not absorbed. Meat, fish and chicken are much better sources of iron. Cereals also taste bad and turn some babies off eating.

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